Boston

Gerry Bergstein

Thomas Segal Gallery

This stunning exhibition of 14 paintings, all completed in 1991, reveals a new cohesiveness and maturity in Gerry Bergstein’s work. Known for his manic, tragicomic narratives, the artist here exchanges romantic symbolism for a kind of surrealism in beautifully colored and rendered still lifes. Bergstein has, at least temporarily, relinquished his ironic tongue-in-cheek titles; all but one painting, Entropy #4, 1991 (a huge canvas laden with fruits and vegetables positioned against what looks like a dark promontory), remain untitled. Although his characteristic bald, bearded visage is absent from this work, Bergstein’s melancholic persona is evident in each rhapsodic painting, ranging from the tiny image of a single autumn leaf to heroically scaled canvases bearing literally hundreds of pieces of fruit and vegetables. This latest series is a very personal meditation on bounty and emptiness,

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